Archive | August, 2009

Congratulations Ch-narla and Barry!!!!

31 Aug
Baby Hank

Baby Hank

I haven’t actually come up with a nickname for “Baby Hank” since he was just born last night.  I will have one soon!  His mom was my very first college roommate at TSU and is one of my life-long best friends!!!  I ♥ U, Ch-narla!!!!!  Good work and God Bless!!!!

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 

 Deuteronomy 6:4-9

72 Hour Patch Allergy Test & Results

29 Aug

Last Monday we took Button Boy to Children’s Hospital Park Place to have his patched test placed.  It was about a year ago that he was diagnosed through the standard “prick” test as allergic to eggs.  In August of 2008, he was diagnosed with Eosiniphilic Esophagitis and in early September with the allergy, and we were put on an egg-free diet.  Fast forward to June 2009 when we had our last EGD….you would think that almost a year off of eggs that the EGD would show an improvement…instead we saw a worsening of the EE.  At that time, we decided along with Dr. Saeed to see an allergist at Children’s Hospital.

The new allergist (new to us, but she has been an allergist for over 30 years) decided against another “prick” test and decided to do the new “patch” test.  It is large band-aid type bandages that have “wells” in them in which they put food smears…actual food products. (i.e. milk, egg, soy, peanut, wheat, rice, corn, oat, barley, potato, beef, chicken, ham, lamb, turkey, peas, green beans, squash, carrot, sweet potato, peach, pear, apple, and a neutral saline — we added cinnamon, chocolate, shrimp, and tilapia)

Patch Test after application

Patch Test after application

We waited 48 hours and had to remove them ourselves and then 24 hours later we were back in Birmingham to have them read by Dr. Haines.

After 48 hours

After 48 hours

When Dr. Haines read the test her results were:

Milk — negative

Egg — negative (can irritate)

Soy — negative

Peanut — negative

Wheat — negative (can irritate)

Rice — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Corn — negative (can irritate)

Oat — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Barley — negative

Potato — negative

Beef — negative

Chicken — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Ham — negative

Lamb — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Turkey — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Peas — negative

Green Beans — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Squash — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Carrot — negative

Sweet Potato — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Peach — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Pear — negative

Apple — negative

Cinnamon — Highly Positive!!!!!!

Chocolate — negative

Shrimp — negative (can irritate)

Tilapia —  Positive!!!!!!

So, as a final comment….absolutely NO cinnamon….or fish…..the fish is for at least 3 months and then we will see.  Button Boy has had regular pancakes, a cupcake, a McGriddle, and of course — Krispy Kreme! 

My Treat from Six Flags Over Georgia

23 Aug
My Henna with My Sunburn!

My Henna with My Sunburn!

Instead of Button Boy — We are Changing His Name to Oink-Oink Boy!

17 Aug

Today is day 3 of the school year.  I had to take Button Boy to the doctor this morning because of a high fever since Saturday.  Flu test positive….Swine Flu has hit our home!  YIPEE!

First Day of Kindergarten

13 Aug
Mrs. Eliana and Button Boy

Mrs. Eliana and Button Boy

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:7-9

Summer Happenings…

8 Aug

Well, as you can tell by the lack of posting — our summer is in full swing <and school begins in a week — AAAAA!>!  We have been a busy little family!

Button Boy has been to Children’s Hospital and we were blessed to stay in the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Birmingham.  This place is more than we could have ever asked for it to be, and the price was just what we needed!  Please, please, please….next time you are in McDonald’s and you pay in cash…look next to the register or in front of the register for their donation bucket for Ronald McDonald House, and please give your change from you meal.  I will never pass by it again!  …Sorry for the shameless plug, but I know most of you understand the struggles we have had since Button Boy was 5 weeks old.

Back to the Boy, he had his EGD….it showed that the EE was inflamed again and seems to be worse.  We are on another steroid…this time an oral mist that is used for asthma patients, but instead of inhaling it — he swallows it.  We have been using it for a little over a week.  I am waiting for the “Prednisone-Syndrome” to kick in….and I am not looking forward to it.

Button Boy

Button Boy

 Girly Girl and Button Boy have both experienced their first swimming lessons!  They both stressed about them before they began…Girly Girl decided she didn’t like the deep end and worried about it all week…until the last day, then she decided it wasn’t too bad!  Button Boy just cried everyday before lessons and after lessons….he did fine during lessons once he got in.  By the last day of his lessons — he JUMPED OFF THE DIVING BOARD!!!!

Girly Girl has been enrolled in gymnastics for the first time, also.  She took for the months of June and July, and will begin again in August and take through at least December.  She has falled in love with it!  I think part of it is that this summer the class has been small and even some days she was the only one in the class.  She began the summer unable to do a cartwheel or handstand…now she can do both!  She loves the uneven bars and is learning to do a pull-over by herself and casts with a back hip circle….tough stuff for a girl that hasn’t had much upper body strength!  She has made us so proud with her excitement and willingness to do the yucky stuff (like 35 sit-ups at the end of every lesson)!!!

Girly Girl on the balance beam

Girly Girl on the balance beam

Handstand on the beam

Handstand on the beam

Hip Circle on the Uneven Bar

Hip Circle on the Uneven Bar

 

Vacation Bible School this year was GREAT FUN!   We hosted Crocodile Dock…and as usual “E” and I played in the Pre-school Snack area….or as we called it “Redz Snack Shack!”  We were so blessed by the children and their excitement for learning to “FEAR NOT!”  We are listening to the cd in the van — which is lots of fun, until the kids begin to imitate “E” and my singing during the week (we tend to scream and sing *way* out of tune!)

I have much, much more to tell you about, but haven’t actually published a post in over a month…so I will continue to work on my other posts, and get them to you as soon as I can!

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